February 2017

February 1, 2017By 0 Comments

 From Our President

I just want to say thank you to everyone for your support over the last few months while we continue searching for the perfect teacher. I hope to have great news to share with you all very soon. Big thank you to everyone on the hiring committee and our Teachers for going over and beyond during this time.

Survey

We have our survey results in, I really appreciate everyone that took some time out of their day to provide some very useful feedback. I was very happy to see that the school seems to be doing very well and that our members are happy. There will be a more formal survey done again in April to go into more details regarding the school, jobs, and teachers.

Enrollment

Thanks to Katie and Donald for all their hard work this year. Thanks to their efforts we have a few new families starting up at the school. Please help welcome the new families into our QPPS family.

Executive Search 2017-2018

As the school year is chugging along and gearing up for warmer weather fun, have you ever wondered what goes into making a preschool run? It’s more than the play dough, finger paint, and string cheese that keep this fine-tuned machine running. The Executive Committee is tasked with various responsibilities that affect our kids, the preschool, and our wallet. We are currently looking for someone to chair our Nomination committee to help with our search. This role would involve throwing up the search light for those dedicated, compassionate, or just plain curious parents who would like to be involved in the ever important crew that does the behind the scenes decision making. Talk to your teachers, class reps or the executive about next years Executive Committee opportunities.

Thanks

Julie Folka

 

 

Enrollment Update

Job Selection and New Parent Duty forms (if adding a new duty parent for next year) will be available at the next General Meeting. Both forms are due by March 31st. Sibling Registration Packages are due March 31st.

Any further information required, please email the enrollment team at enroll@qpps.ca

 

Silent Auction – Parent’s Night Out

Time is flying and the Silent Auction is only a month away!  At the GM on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, the Silent Auction Committee will be holding a “First Pick” raffle.  Tickets are $20 each and will be for sale before the meeting and during the break.  The winner of the raffle will be able to come to the Silent Auction and pick out one of the donated items in the “silent” auction donations group as a prize.  So don’t forget your $20.  This is a very popular raffle every year!  And remember all funds raised go directly to the Preschool!

Family and business donations are coming in, which is great to see.  Reminder:  all family donations are due by February 10, 2017.  If you have any questions regarding the Silent Auction or what to donate please ask any Silent Auction Committee Member or Kelly Thomson.  The Silent Auction email is qpps.specialevents@gmail.com.  It is going to be a great event.  Can’t wait to see you all there!

One final reminder: any requests for additional tickets to the Silent Auction please email qpps.specialevents@gmail.com. They will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

We will be providing sign-up sheets at the February 7 GM for volunteers at the Silent Auction.  Shifts are a half an hour in length and for tasks such as, Sign-In Table, Bar Ticket Sales, 50/50 Ticket Sales, Bar Service, Table Closing and Cash-Out Table.  Please please consider signing up to do a volunteer shift.  The Silent Auction Committee would really appreciate it.  Please note: volunteers for Bar Service need to have their “Serve It Right” or “Special Event Server”.

 

Details:
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Glenbrook Park Amenities Centre

 

Parent Education Session

February 7, 2017

This month we will host Dr. Briana Peddle, ND (http://www.drpeddle.com/) on how to build a natural medicine cabinet for your children. Come and learn ways to give your toddler a fighting chance in the preschool merry-go- round of colds, flus and viral infections using simple, easy to access remedies. She will also discuss barriers to health and when to go to the ER versus see your MD/ND versus treating at home. You will leave with a good understanding of prevention strategies that you can use at home, as well as some basic treatment strategies for fevers, colds, tummy bugs and more.

Dr. Briana Peddle is an award-winning Naturopathic Doctor in Port Moody with a general family practice and a special focus on women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, pediatrics, digestive health and mental health.  Briana is an active member of her community, and has offered wellness lectures for various local events, groups and businesses including Kegels and Cocktails, South Community Birth Program, the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Pomme Natural Market and Birth Talks. She is committed to facilitating a stable, empowering and supportive environment for her patients and considers the larger issues surrounding health and wellness, such as the impact that lifestyle, emotions and stress can have on disease. She understands that health is so much more than just the absence of illness and that every individual can and should be an active participant in their own wellness.

 Tickets will be available to the public for $10.

 

March 7th, 2017

Next month we will welcome Jessica Wollen from Askable Adult (http://shift-education.com) on how to foster meaningful conversations with children on relationships, safety, and sexuality.

Tickets will be available to the public for $10.

 

famjamFamily Day New West – February 13, 2017

Wondering what to do on Family Day?

The Anvil Centre will be having a Family Day event 11am to 3pm.  This event will feature a variety of entertainment, dancing, refreshments and numerous other free family activities.

Last year over 6000 people attended this event, come and help make New Westminster’s Family Day the biggest in the lower mainland.

 

3-Year Old Classroom Information

Once again, your three’s teachers wish to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our families for your warmth, kindness and continued hard work in helping us make Queens Park Preschool such a wonderful, inviting and inclusive place to be!

Our Christmas parties were a beautiful outpouring of community and festive celebration! Thank you for joining us to celebrate Christmas together before our winter break!

We hope you and your families had a relaxing winter break and holiday season and a very happy new year! December and January were fantastic months filled with celebrations and laughter and much singing and dancing!

Our threes are enjoying learning new songs and new movement activities during circle time and free play.  Our parachute has been coming out often during indoor play time as well as testing out our balancing skills on our balance beam and  getting silly on our ever popular  bouncy jumparoo!

Out of doors in both December and January we absolutely loved getting bundled up and playing out in the snow! Sledding down the hill, building snow angels,  making snow balls and snow men,  as well as collecting ice, snow and building snow castles were just a few of the outdoor activities we enjoyed together!

Indoors our science table has been loaded with ice, snow, water colour and salt as we observed snow, water and ice change properties and colours! We have truly embraced and enjoyed our Queens Park winter wonderland both inside and out!

In January our threes classes enjoyed  cozy pajama and hot chocolate day, everyone wore their coziest pj’s and slippers and we made hot chocolate with marshmallows and whip cream together. In January we had a police officer visit from the New Westminster Police Department in which we were able to explore a police cruiser, learn about a police officers uniform and special equipment, learn all about police work. This tied in with our ongoing exploration and fascination with super heroes, community workers, transportation and safety.  Our blocks became walkie talkies and pipecleaners became handcuffs! We even made our arches into a jail cell!

Pizza day was another tasty cooking/science activity we took part in together. Making our own pizzas and devouring them!  Here is our much requested pizza dough recipe! Talking about healthy eating and healthy snack choices together keeps us growing strong!

As promised we have been getting messy often with goop, playdough, kinetic sand, and having fun with shave cream, finger painting and splatter painting!  Our 3’s are exceptionally talented abstract artists! We also worked on our silent auction art! Come to the silent auction to bid on the final result!

For all of those celebrating Chinese New Year we welcome The Year Of The Rooster! Did you know that Ms. Donna is an Earth Monkey!? The Earth Monkey is known as “Teacher Monkey!”  Ms Stacey the 4’s teacher was born in the Year of The Horse! It will be fun to get to know the signs of our three year old pupils!

Groundhog day is February 1st. We are going to see if the groundhog sees his shadow. We may even be bringing out our projector to see (and trace) our own shadows too!

February will also be when we celebrate family and friendship with Valentines Day and our Friendship fruit salad creation and sharing, cookie decorating and valentine making. Don’t forget to mark your calendar so that you and your family can join us for Friendship Fruit Salad on Tuesday February 14th!

Warm regards, Miss Donna

 

4-Year Old Class Information

Another busy month in the classroom.  Our playhouse has been dinging with the activity of firefighters and police officers as we learn about safety and calling 911.  The children enjoyed the new emergency vehicles and dress up clothes.

This month also saw us cooking pancakes topped with syrup, blueberries, chocolate chips and some of us tried jam.  As the month was coming to a close the children rolled there own dough for pizza’s.  Thank you for sharing your favorite toppings.

Pancake Recipe

1 Cup flour

2 tbl. Spoons sugar

2 tsp. Baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

2 tbl. Spoons vegetable oil

Mix the dry ingredients then make a well and add the wet ingredients.  Mix until smooth

DATES TO REMEMBER

Wednesday Feb. 08         Friendship Salad – Families welcome

Friday Feb. 10                   Cookie decorating and Valentine bags (send valentines if you would like)

Monday Feb. 13                Family Day – NO CLASSES

 

Recipe of the Month

The homemade Pizza Dough used on Pizza Day!

Courtesy of Martinique Longstaff

 

1.5 cups whole wheat flour

1.5 cups white flour (plus some extra for rolling out/ stretching)

2 tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Instant Yeast

2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil

1.25 – 1.5 cups of warm water

I use a stand mixer with a dough hook to make the dough but a food processor works great too and for the bold it can be done with a good old wooden spoon and a pair of soon to be sticky hands :).

Combine dry ingredients and mix together.  Turn the mixer on and add the olive oil.  Gradually add 1 cup of the water and then allow the mix to incorporate; slowly add the additional water until all the flour is incorporated into the dough ball (somewhere between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup of water).  Then knead the dough (in the mixer or by hand) until it creates a sticky ball that wraps around the dough hook.  The dough should be sticky to the touch but not overly wet.  Add the extra oil to a large bowl or Ziploc bag and swish it around to coat the container and add the dough.  Cover it/ seal it and place it in a warm, dark place (really just not in front of a open window) and let it rise for a couple of hours.  When ready, punch down the dough, dust it with flour and stretch/ roll it to the size of your cooking vessel.  I cook mine on a greased cookie sheet or a pizza stone with some cornmeal on it.  Top as you wish and bake in a 450 degree oven for 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown.  This dough will also keep in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer in a ziploc for 3 months.  It also makes great focaccia bread.  One recipe makes a large pizza, we double the recipe for my family of 4.

Martinique Longstaff

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